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 Today Big Health, which is already backed by Index Ventures, is disclosing that it has raised $12 million (£9.15m) in new funding led by Octopus Ventures. Also participating are Kaiser Permanente Ventures, Index, Sean Duffy (CEO, Omada Health), and JamJar Investments (the UK-based investment fund of the innocent drinks founders). Noteworthy is that Esther Dyson, and Peter Read are also… Read More

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 Daimler isn’t about to let Tesla own any more ‘firsts’ in electric transportation; the German company revealed the Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck today in Stuttgart, an all-electric truck with a total admissible weight capacity of 26 tonnes (29 U.S. tons), which makes it the first clean energy big rig of its kind. As the name implies, it’s designed for use in urban… Read More

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 Upthere isn’t your parents’ personal cloud storage service. The team behind the service, which is coming out of beta today, believes that the cloud should be your primary storage and not just a place for keeping backups or helping you sync data between machines. Upthere wants you to think of its service as the canonical location where your data lives. It’s now generally… Read More

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 Xiaomi dropped a surprise today when it outed its first laptop — perhaps predictably a cheap rival to Apple’s Macbook — at an event in Beijing, but it also made a more routine reveal: the Redmi Pro. Read More

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 It’s finally here folks, Nintendo’s quarterly earnings day has never been so anticipated. But the Pokémon phenomenon hasn’t translated into success for the games giant, which carded a $49 million loss (5.13 billion yen) for Q1 2016. Revenue came in at $587 million (62 billion yen), 30 percent lower than Q1 2105. Read More

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 PSA Group — the carmaker behind brands Peugeot, Citroën and DS — has acquired a majority stake in European auto-repair marketplace Autobutler. Read More

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 Chinese smartphone and smart device maker Xiaomi just announced its first laptop — and boy does it look familiar to products belonging to a company that begins with the letter ‘A’. Read More

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 With Pokémon Go, delays are inevitable it seems. The game’s much-hyped launch in Japan was subject to cancelations last week, many people across Asia still don’t have the title — including China — and now it seems that the even Pokémon Plus, a wearable that accompanies the smash hit game, has had its arrival date pushed back. Read More

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 Israeli startup Zeek, whose app lets you buy and sell unwanted store gift vouchers, has closed $9.5 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Scale-Up Venture Capital, with participation from long list of additional investors, some of which contributed to the company’s Series A early last year. They include Blumberg Capital, Qualcomm Incorporated (via its venture investment… Read More

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 A number of Australia’s top banks have come together to challenge Apple and its Apple Pay service in the country. Read More

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Stefan Etienne tries out a very real meaty veggie burger, Hailo sells 60% of company to Daimler, eHarmony CEO steps down, Solar Impulse completes record flight around the world on only solar electricity, and Mobileye and Tesla will be going separate ways. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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 The quantum leaps in productivity created by the car, train, ship and plane have dramatically changed our lives and movements. But today, we’re at the forefront of a new revolution in mobility, from on-demand ride-sharing and navigation, to car ownership and autonomous connected vehicles. And like most industries in which software is eating the world, Israeli innovation is playing an… Read More

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 TechCrunch is pleased to bring you TechCode‘s Demo Day today, Tuesday July 26th from Mountain View, California. TechCode’s U.S. accelerator program focuses on artificial intelligence and hardware startups that already have a prototype. The goal is to help expedite commercialization for these startups by introducing them to partners and investors. TechCode also provides supply… Read More

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 We can’t all be botanists, unfortunately, but most of us do have smartphones, and that may be a start. A computer vision system built by Microsoft Research Asia can identify thousands of species of flowers with nothing but a picture. Read More

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 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a preliminary report on the fatal crash involving a 2015 Tesla Model S and a 2014 Freightliner Cascadia truck in Williston, Florida in May. Unfortunately, the report yields no major new insights. The report confirms that the driver of the Tesla was going 74 miles per hour just prior to the crash, and on a highway where the speed limit was… Read More

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 Apple’s third quarter results came out today. They’re pretty good! Or, at least, not bad — and good enough to keep investors happy. Very happy, actually: the stock jumped more than 7%, recovering pretty much all of the value it lost when it reported a complete whiff of a second quarter. It’s no monster crash or jump like Twitter regularly experiences, but 7% is enough… Read More

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 Jerusalem-based Lightricks knows what it takes to stand out amongst the thousands of photo apps. They’ve done it twice — with Enlight and also Facetune, which is currently the top photo app in the U.S. according to App Annie. We caught up with CEO Zeev Farbman for a video interview when we were in Israel. He showed us some tricks to using the Lightricks photo apps and explained why… Read More

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 The big takeaway from today’s Apple earnings call: the company is investing in the future. While it’s true that revenue took a dip from $49.61 billion this quarter last year down to $42.4 billion, Cupertino’s research and development spending continues to trend upward. Over the past nine months, the company spent $7.475 billion on R&D – that compares to $5.847… Read More

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 China impacted Apple’s bottom line quite a lot this quarter — and not in a good way. But the company still plans to invest in the country, Apple CEO Tim Cook said right after the company announced its earnings for Q3 2016. Read More

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 By now, it’s pretty clear that Russian hackers are responsible for breaches of the Democratic National Committee networks that occurred last summer and in April of this year — several forensic security firms have found evidence that traces the breach back to Russia. Now that DNC emails harvested during the breaches are starting to appear on Wikileaks, pundits are speculating… Read More

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 On September 8th, NASA will launch the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on a mission to an asteroid and return a sample of it back to Earth – NASA’s first mission of this type. In doing so, NASA hopes to learn more about the early formation of the solar system and, possibly, the origin of life. OSIRIS-REx, which stands for Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security… Read More

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 In January Venmo announced that users will soon be able to use Venmo to pay inside other apps, similar to how most e-commerce apps already offer PayPal or Apple Pay as payment options. And now (well, technically tomorrow) the feature is leaving beta and will be available to all Venmo users. The feature will make it easy for anyone with Venmo to quickly pay in other apps. Users will first… Read More

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 Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between science and technology ó almost all the time when it has to do with the brain. But this research from MIT that allows for vastly improved scans of the networks inside the brain is too cool to pass up, whether it’s tech, science, or somewhere in between. Read More

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 Twitter has a new number that’s killing its share price, down 9.5% in after-hours following grim earnings. First there was the user growth problem that still plagues it. Twitter’s monthly user count grew less than 1% this quarter and just 3% this year to 313 million MAU. But now its ad revenue growth issue has festered. Now Twitter is facing a total revenue growth crisis. Today… Read More

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 Apple just reported earnings for Q3 2016, and the company soundly beat analyst’s expectations. However, there was one number that we’re not used to seeing. Apple’s cash on hand actually decreased for the first time in seven quarters. Cash on hand this quarter amounted to $231.5 billion, which is down $1.4 billion from the $233 billion on hand at the end of Q2. As a… Read More

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